FLINT, Mich. (21Alive) GM's North American president started his automotive career at the Flint Assembly Plant. You could call Mark Reuss, Santa, as he comes bearing gifts.
"GM will invest another $1.27 billion in five manufacturing facilities, creating, or maintaining another 1,000 jobs,” Reuss said.
$600 million will be spent upgrading Flint Assembly, including a new paint shop. All but $60 million will be invested in Michigan.
Half of the rest will go to GM's Toledo Transmission Operations, the remaining money goes to Bedford Castings. Reuss tells the crowd the investments are about more than just spending money on their operations.
"But, in terms of food on the table for Americans, roofs over our heads, clothes on our back, and school supplies in the desks," Reuss said.
Noticeably left off the list, Ft. Wayne Assembly. Monday's announcement means GM has invested nearly $3 billion in its operations just this year. That's saved or created 27,000. But, GM admits it could not do it alone.
The Federal Government sold its remaining shares of GM last week. The U.S. Treasure loaned GM $49 billion as part of the 2009 bankruptcy.
“One thing I'll never forget, and no one at GM will over forget is, when we needed it most, the country, America, invested in us,” Reuss said.
Reuss is returning the favor by investing more money in GM plants.
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